Former Summer Schools

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Here you can find information about previous summer schools organized by the University of Graz at Seggau Castle.

GUSEGG - Graz International Summer School Seggau 2018

July 1 – July 14, 2018

Mediating and Mediating Change: State – Society - Religion was the theme of the 13th Graz International Summer School Seggau (GUSEGG) 2018. The Seggau castle campus hosted many international guests: 63 students, from 22 countries and 33 universities, along with 22 professors. The summer school was organized by University of Graz with the Commission of the Bishop’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and the Diocese Graz-Seckau.

 

The summer school was designed interdisciplinary, with focus areas of the University of Graz – South-Eastern Europe and North, Central and South America. Over the course of two weeks, students listened to various morning lectures on topics of politics, history, law, economics, media, climate change and sustainability, artificial intelligence, migration, literature etc. In the afternoons, they participated in six different seminar modules. This year’s seminar modules were:

 

 

1) Histories of State, Nation, and Identity,

2) Media and Crisis of Democracy,

3) Economics and Inequalities,

4) Sustainability and Intergenerational Ethics,

5) Narratives of Culture and Religion,

6) Ageing, Communication, and Technologies.

 

The students also had the opportunity to take part in the Academic Writing, Creative Writing and Public Speaking workshops. Students were invited to submit a paper for the next Off Campus: Seggau School of Thought (Vol. IV) publication. The summer school was also excited to present Off Campus: Seggau School of Thought Volumes II and III of the publication.

 

A lot of the students decided to present their theses, research or interests at the “Poster Presentations and Science Slam” evening. The posters and presentations showed a wide variety of topics and sparked good conversations long into the evening. This year for the first time, GUSEGG hosted a Business Pitch, where local start-ups and the GUSEGG students presented their business ideas. This was a great opportunity for the participants to share an idea, get feedback and connect with fellow start-up enthusiasts.


Summer school’s academic program was accompanied by a varied social program. All the participants had a chance to familiarize themselves with the local Austrian culture and taste some Styrian wine and food. There were opportunities to get to know other countries and cultures at the International Presentations evenings, where students presented their home countries. The social program had a lot on offer: students and professors competed at table tennis, football and water polo, other various computer and board games, and had a chance to sing at a karaoke night.

 

Graz International Summer School Seggau would like to thank all the generous sponsors who made it possible for young researchers to gather at a unique location and spent two intensive weeks in a great atmosphere.

GUSEGG - Graz International Summer School Seggau 2017

July 2nd - July 15th 2017

 

Radical Definitions: State – Society – Religion was the theme of the 12th edition of The Graz International Summer School Seggau. Students and professors from all over the world gathered at the beginning of July at Seggau Castle, close to Leibnitz. The castle hosted 58 students, from 22 countries and 31 universities, and 20 professors. As always, the summer school was organized by University of Graz with the Commission of the Bishops‘ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and the Diocese Graz-Seckau.

The summer school was designed interdisciplinarily, with focus areas of the University of Graz – South Eastern Europe and North, Central and South America. Over the course of two weeks, students listened to various morning lectures on topics of politics, history, law, economics, memory, climate change and sustainability, literature and other. In the afternoons, they participated in four different seminar modules. Apart from that, the students also had the opportunity to brush up their skills and take part in Academic Writing, Creative Writing and Public Speaking workshops. Some students decided to present their theses, research or interests at the “Poster Presentations and Science Slam” evening. It was a great evening for exchanging ideas, broadening views and fruitful discussions.

This years’ seminar modules were: 1) Media, Society, and Culture, 2) Economics and Ethics, 3) Narratives of State, Society, and Religion, and 4) Aging, Communication, and Technology. Each student chose one and participated in it. However, these modules were not disconnected from each other, but together with the morning lectures, offered a starting point for further conversations on radical definitions and redefinitions. Students were “faced” with current problems like demographic changes, migrations, social, cultural and political changes of today.

Summer school´s program was not just academically designed, but also socially. The students and the professors enjoyed Styrian wine at the castle´s historic wine cellar, learned something about foreign countries and cultures at “International presentations” evenings, had the opportunity to test themselves at various games, sports and singing at “Karaoke night”. On three evenings, GUSEGG hosted discussions. The students and the professors were privileged to listen to a reading by Marjorie Agosín, a Chilean-American award winning poet, human rights spokesperson and novelist. Professor Agosín´s reading touched all the participants and was followed by a lively discussion. The second discussion was titled “Education in Troubled Times” with Bishop Wilhelm Krautwaschl, Daniel Mattern, US Ambassador in Austria and Lukas Meyer, from the University of Graz. The panel of respondents included Prof. Line Grenier, Drs. Michael Kuhn, Naina Sharma and Prof. Roberta Maierhofer. In the last discussion evening, the participants debated “International Exchange, Cultural Diplomacy, and Other Radical Concepts” with Mr. Lonnie Johnson, executive director for Fulbright Austria, who gave a great introduction to Fulbright Program and insight into academic links connecting Austria and the USA.

The Summer School keeps in touch with the GUSEGG Alumni, who were invited back to Seggau and join at the lectures, lunch and an evening discussion on “Education in Troubled Times”. The Alumni meetings are a great opportunity to find what Alumni are up to now, but also for the new students and professors to network and think about future collaborations.

Graz International Summer School Seggau would like to thank all the generous sponsors who made it possible for young researchers to gather at a unique location and spent two intensive weeks in a great atmosphere: the University of Graz, the Diocese Graz-Seckau, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), ACT – Ageing + Communication + Technologies, Alumni Uni Graz, Arbeiterkammer Steiermark, Bischöfliche Mensa, C.IAS – Center for Inter-American Studies, Central European Exchange Program for University Studies (CEEPUS), David-Herzog-Fonds (Centrum für Jüdische Studien), Diözese St. Pölten, Diözese Linz, Diözese Gurk Finanzkammer, Diözese Feldkirch, Diözese Eisenstadt, Dreikönigsaktion, Hilfswerk der Katholischen Jungschar, Embassy of the United States of America in Austria, Vienna, Finanzkammer der Erzdiözese, Graz Tourismus, Industriellenvereinigung Steiermark, Institutsfonds der Erzdiözese Wien, Land Steiermark: Wissenschaft und Forschung, Österreichische Bischofskonferenzen, Scherbaum und Seebacher, Rechtsanwälte, Stadt Graz, Stiftung/Stichting Communicantes, Verein Städtepartnerschaft Pedra Badejo-Leibnitz, and other unnamed sponsors.

 

 

 

GUSEGG - Graz International Summer School Seggau 2016

July 3rd - July 17th 2016

The 11th edition of the Graz International Summer School Seggau in 2016 carried the title ‘Transformation, Transgressions, and Trust in Europe and the Americas’. Also in 2016, the Castle Campus at Schloss Seggau in Leibnitz, Austria, hosted 81 participants from 31 countries and more than 50 universities. The summer school was organized in cooperation between the University of Graz, the Diocese Graz-Seckau and the Comece (Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community). Selected participants took part in the morning lectures of interdisciplinary manner as well as in the seminar modules of their choice in the afternoon.

The summer school offered the possibility of examining the current debate on transformation, transgressions, and trust in Europe and America by focusing on the current challenges to established forms of government, welfare policies and modes of participation in a radically changed global world, where migration and transnationalism play an important role. Focusing on the emphasis areas of the University of Graz – South Eastern Europe and North, Central and South America – this will provide a basis for an interdisciplinary analysis in terms of opportunities provided and challenges faced in the past, present and future.

Seven seminars were offered this year, covering topics of Politics & Law, Media, Culture & Society, Ethics & Economics, State, Society & Religion, Narratives of Transgressions, Ageing, Communication, and Technology, and History and Power. Courses of academic writing were offered in first and the second week as well as a Writing Forum for Ph.D. students, and a Special Workshop in combination with a short Seminar on "Soundwriting" was organized. Students additionally participated in the scientific poster presentation and competed for the best science slam. These activities have been offered along with other attractive evening events, including discussions with GUSEGG Alumni Roberto Kalmar, and Prof. Kromp-Kolb from BOKU University Vienna.

The Public Event on July 6th brought back former participants of GUSEGG, the Alumni of the International Summer School Seggau, who shared their memories and actively participated in the discussions. The afternoon was organized under the title of "Transcending Rules: Public Opinion, Political Involvement, and Protests", and Prof. Storr (University of Graz), Prof. Kromp-Kolb (BOKU University), and Martin Hubinger (Doctoral Student) gave lectures that led to interesting discussions with Prof Petric, Prof. San Vicente Portes and Prof. Sawchuk (Summer School professors).

Presentations in research and teaching referred to focus areas of the University of Graz - South Eastern Europe and North, Central and South America. Shaping profiles of young leaders of tomorrow in different areas such as political and social science, economics and the humanities was an important aim. In 2016, the project was made possible by generous financial contributions from: the Central European Exchange Program for University Studies (CEEPUS) and the David-Herzog-Fonds, ACT – Ageing + Communication + Technologies, Scherbaum und Seebacher, Rechtsanwälte, Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota, providing scholarships for participants, the Embassy of the United States of America in Austria, the European Network in Aging Studies, Industriellenvereinigung Steiermark, the Styrian Government (Land Steiermark, Wirtschaft und Forschung), Renovabis, Stiftung Auxilium, the City of Graz (Stadt Graz), Arbeiterkammer Steiermark, Bausparkasse, Sparkassenversicherung, ALUMNI Uni Graz, and other generous supporters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUSEGG - Graz International Summer School Seggau 2015

June 28th - July 11th 2015

The 10th edition of the Graz International Summer School Seggau in 2015 carried the title ‘Shifting Perspectives: Europe and the Americas’. The spectacular Seggau castle hosted again 81 participants from 31 countries and more than 50 universities. The summer school was organized in cooperation between the University of Graz, the Diocese Graz-Seckau and the Comece (Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community). Selected participants took part in the morning lectures of interdisciplinary manner as well as in the seminar modules of their choice in the afternoon.

Seven seminars have been offered this year, covering topics of Politics & Law, Media, Culture & Society, Ethics & Economics, State, Society & Religion, Literature of Transformation, Ageing and the Life Course, and History and Power. Courses of academic writing have been offered in first and the second week as well as a prestigious Writing Forum for Ph.D. students. Students have also had an opportunity to succeed in competitions of the best scientific poster or the best science slam. These activities have been offered along with other attractive evening events, including discussions with Sjur Bergan from Council of Europe and Robert Greenan from the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, movies with discussions, country presentations and sports tournaments.

The Alumni Day on the 1st of July brought the Alumni of the International Summer School Seggau who were willing to come back and share their memories. The Alumni Day hosted a discussion with the Bishop Wilhelm Krautwaschl and Vice-Rector of the University of Graz, Peter Riedler together with the Academic Director of the summer school Roberta Maierhofer (Center for Inter-American Studies), COMECE representative Michael Kuhn and the summer school Alumni – Oana Ursulesku and Stefan Schneider. Presentations in research and teaching referred to focus areas of the University of Graz - South Eastern Europe and North, Central and South America. Shaping profiles of young leaders of tomorrow in different areas such as political and social science, economics and the humanities was an important aim. In 2015, the project was made possible by generous financial contributions from: the Central European Exchange Program for University Studies (CEEPUS) and the David-Herzog-Fonds, ACT – Ageing + Communication + Technologies, Scherbaum und Seebacher, Rechtsanwälte, Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota, providing scholarships for participants, the Embassy of the United States of America in Austria, the European Network in Aging Studies, Industriellenvereinigung Steiermark, the Styrian Government (Land Steiermark, Wirtschaft und Forschung), Renovabis, Porticus, Stiftung Auxilium, the City of Graz (Stadt Graz), Wirtschaftskammer Steiermark, Arbeiterkammer Steiermark and Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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